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The Working for Water Programme

Working for Water is a major programme of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. Unemployed people are trained and employed to remove invasive alien trees and shrubs mainly from river catchments. Because these plants take much more water from the soil than indigenous plants do, they reduce the amount of water that reaches our rivers, dams and estuaries. South Africa is a dry country so it is very important to keep removing these thirsty aliens so that there is enough water for people and nature. The Working for Water programme is a good example of a sustainable development project because it addresses the social and economic needs of people as well as a serious environmental issue.